Smile at Life is an association of children with cancer between the ages 5 and 18 which aims to help them go through their conditions in the best possible way taking into account their physical abilities,the difficulties of their disease and this way lead them to a happy life based on games, dreams and personal fulfillment.
Emmanuelle Compre responsable of the communication of this association presents us the functions that “Smile to Life” has: The association is involved throughout the disease from diagnosis to the social reintegration of these sick children. The members of this association are present since the announcement of diagnosis to support during hospital interventions.
Under medical recommendation this association could get involved since the beginning of the treatment and propose activities to the children’s, this could be sports activities,recreative activities and playful activities. The hematology -oncology pediatric hospital of Timone features an innovative space that can accommodate children. They can listen to them and provide direct care, help them to progress physically . For a few hours this team takes over the family and gives children a real moment of disconnection where they become very active and improve their physical and moral condition. Furthermore, the association expands its action beyond the boundaries of the hospital.
Every year major events are organized in order to make children gain their strength, encourage them to make friend and not let them zone out. This could be in places near the beach, journeys through the mediterranean sea and organization of shows in really well known stages. Children now are looking forward to make a show with the french composer Grand Corps Malade and the actor director Richarg Boringer.
The mountains also have a really important role at the time in trying to regain the smile of this kids since the association organizes expeditions in sled dogs in Canada every two years and accommodation in ski stations about two to three times a year.
After the first trip to the snow in december to the station of Superdevoluy, now they are 15 children that are located in the heart of the south Alps in the station of Serre Chevalier. From the 8 to the 12 they will be accompanied by a medical team composed of a doctor and a nurse, the kids that are still under the treatment can fully enjoy the snow. In addition the resorts involved in the logistics host which greatly facilitates this stay.The ski champion Sandrine Aubert has also participated this year and has accompanied the children during their first day of skiing at the station.
Picture: Sandrine Aubert and the kids from the association
These stays in the snow and skiing discovery allow children to regain their physical condition often lost during hospitalization and treatment. The winter holidays are not particularly relaxing and the kids come with significant fatigue. However morally are more positive since they regain some of the lost confidence and learn to acquire their own body.
Picture: time in the snow in the Super Devoluy station
The association Smile to Life is supported by numerous public and private actors among them the General Council and the Regional Council, the bank Caisse d’ Epargne the Regional Health Agency the ARC Foundation research on cancer, private donations… but also through ” collaborations with brands like Bioderma supplying us sunscreens to protect the skin of our children during their stay in the snow .”
Thus, some of the principal objectives realized with amazing association are to be able to make this kids achieve their dreams, recover their smiles, go away of the daily hospital routine, and become actors of their life, to make their own decisions and reconstruct a positive image of themselves.
Finally, the only things left is to congratulate this association of sick kids. In this case the practice of skiing has a more complete sense, pleasure, sensations and huge feelings of freedom and a wonderful connection between nature and kids.
Picture with the presence of Luc Alphand